Self Managed Super Fund

SMSF MASTERCLASS

SMSF Masterclass: engage with your super this financial year

Sam Henderson Let's be honest, the new financial year is meaningless to most of us. But it's also an ideal time to start a self-managed super fund.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Your Questions: Should we start a self-managed super fund?

More and more Australians are opting to manage their own superannuation schemes.

Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

SMSF MASTERCLASS

One big difference with a self-managed super fund

Sam Henderson One of the biggest differences of self-managed super is the ability to use borrowed money to invest.

Can a compromise be found for self-managed super fund investment property borrowing ban?

The SMSF Association's Graeme Colley is hopeful the government will compromise rather than restoring an outright ban on borrowing in super.

Sally Rose The federal government is less likely to impose an outright ban on the $550 billion self-managed super fund industry borrowing to buy investment property, according to industry groups.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Should I start a self-managed super fund?

Richard Livingston Should I start a self-managed super fund? If you're asking that question of your own volition, the answer is probably YES

ASSET CHECK

Superannuation strategies for 2017

Daryl Dixon Investors have one year to restructure their superannuation strategies before the harsher taxation regime applies from July 1, 2017.

EXCLUSIVE

Scott Morrison concedes ground on super reform

Scott Morrison has promised to protect self-managed super fund trustees who bought property prior to budget night.

Noel Whittaker EXCLUSIVE: Treasurer Scott Morrison has promised to remove some of the retrospective aspects of the proposal in last month's budget to limit contributions to superannuation.

ELECTION 2016

Election 2016: How the national vote will affect your finances

The outcome of the election could have a big effect on your hip pocket.

Leo D'Angelo Fisher That unsettling prickling sensation many of you will be feeling right now is just your hip-pocket nerve reacting as July 2 nears.

SMSF MASTERCLASS

SMSF Masterclass: property investment is not a guaranteed win

Glut: In the next two years there is a forecast 82,000 units set to hit the market in Sydney, with Melbourne and Brisbane to follow this trend.

Sam Henderson Many investors are still unaware that it's possible to buy investment property in your super fund.  You will need a self-managed super fund (SMSF) as the retail, industry or corporate funds only...

ASSET CHECK

Employer super changes needed

Daryl Dixon Employers will need to retool their packages for high-income employees once the changes to superannuation take effect.

SUPER & FUNDS

High satisfaction levels with members of industry funds

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John Collett Are scandals at the banks' wealth management arms at least partly behind the poorer satisfaction levels of members of bank-run "retail" super funds than those of industry funds?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Super has a compulsory base, but it's the optional extras that count

Many people don't start planning for retirement until they reach their 50s.

Mark Bouris Don't leave it too late to build a retirement plan.

SUPER & FUNDS

Big home bias towards Australian shares is costing DIY fund trustees

John Collett If you have your own super fund with a strong Australian shares bias in your portfolio, you won't have been doing that well.

SMSF MASTERCLASS

You don't have to self manage with an SMSF, despite the name

Sam Henderson If you think obtaining professional advice is expensive, remember the cost of amateur advice could be astronomical.

Consider your alternatives to superannuation

Daryl Dixon Funding a comfortable retirement is about to become more difficult and in many cases necessitate a change of plans.

SMSF MASTERCLASS

SMSF masterclass: asset allocation for DIY super

Sam Henderson How to do asset allocation for your self-managed super fund.

SUPER

Super changes could force DIY super investors to forfeit property deposits

SMSF owners may be in breach of contract if they've bought a property but can't transfer the money under the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions.

Noel Whittaker In last month's budget. the Coalition made radical changes to our superannuation system. It was a mixed bag, with some of the ideas innovative and welcome, some controversial and one horrific.

SUPER & FUNDS

Direct investment, an alternative for those who can't be bothered with DIY super

John Collett Do you like the idea of running your own super fund, but can't be bothered?

NOEL WHITTAKER

The benefits of splitting super with your spouse

Noel Whittaker Superannuation will be under continual attack, no matter which party wins the next election.

SUPER & FUNDS

Super funds are innovating for the benefit of members

John Collett Most people don't think about their super until they hit their late 40s or early 50s. It's usually not until then that they take the first close look at their super.